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Virginia Tech to review possible Klan tie to dorm hall name

Posted at 10:47 AM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 10:47:31-04

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech will consider renaming a dorm hall over concerns that it was named after a campus Ku Klux Klan leader from the late 1800s.

The Roanoke Times reports that Lee Hall was named after Claudius Lee. He graduated from the school in 1896 and went on to become an electrical engineering professor.

The university has faced numerous calls to rename the dorm ever since history students in the 1990s discovered a yearbook that said Lee was a KKK leader.

The university previously rejected calls to rename the building because historical evidence suggested the KKK reference was likely a prank.

But an online petition that gathered nearly 10,000 signatures has prompted the school to reconsider.